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Founder + Strategic Communications Advisor
With more than 16 years of experience in the field of media and strategic communications as a television journalist, in-house communications practitioner and a consultant to global organisations – UNICEF, WHO, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, My Choices Foundation, Open, World Vision, Humanity & Inclusion, FLSmidth, Standard Chartered and Operation Blessing – both in India and internationally, Kalpana directs the vision and the voice of Kaliru Communications.
Kalpana earned her Master’s in Communications and Journalism degree from Madurai Kamaraj University. Her specialist qualifications include Digital Communications from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Strategic Communications for Social Impact from MICA.
Shanthini Sarah Varghese
Development Communications Specialist
Sarah has an excellent blend of research, communication, community engagement and storytelling skills, drawing from her 10-year varied experiences across education, field research, international development and consulting roles. Her ability to connect with people, comprehend the development issues to be addressed and choose the right choice of channel to reach the unreached is what she envisages for change. Her high levels of empathy translate ideas into powerful campaigns filled with emotion that captivates people.
Sarah has well-grounded six years of education in Media Studies and earned her Ph.D., in Development Communication from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, India.
Jesper Buris Larsen
Chairman of the Board for Get Visual A/S, Denmark
Jesper Buris Larsen holds over 25 years of expertise in the international business development and communications arena with a focus on helping businesses realise their potential. He has an exceptional understanding of issues management, public affairs, branding, and social, cultural and economic dynamics. He has a broad network of decision-makers across the globe and a proven track record in identifying and nurturing talent.
We believe that his knowledge and mentorship will help Kaliru develop strategic alliances, channel partnerships and expand international presence. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board for Get Visual A/S, Denmark. Prior to that, he has held various executive positions, including Chief Executive Officer, Danish National Museum of Science & Technology and Global Communications Director at FLSmidth A/S, playing a strategic role in building businesses to market-leading positions.
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Vanessa Julia Carpenter
Vanessa Julia Carpenter is an entrepreneur, business advisor, inspirational speaker and change maker. She holds a Ph. D. in Interaction Design and Future Technologies, and her wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience spans across art, design and technology. Through her work, she unlocks the potential of emerging technologies and shapes the future of design for a meaningful future with technology.
Through her own venture Kintsugi Design, she helps technology companies take a critical look at their futures and uses educated risk-taking to drive change. She has held various leadership positions, including the Chief Executive Officer at Illutron, a Collaborative Interactive Arts Studio and Lead Technology Specialist at Force Technology. She is the co-founder of a feminist think tank, The Making tank. She also serves as a board member, jury member and strategic advisor to a variety of companies and organizations.
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Vivian Anthony Isaac
Programme Director, My Choices Foundation
Vivian Anthony Isaac, (Indian) brings over 37 years of experience in organisational leadership, strategic media planning, communications, programme management, fundraising and community engagement from humanitarian organisations, media houses, advertising, and communications agencies. He is a strong advocate for partnerships and is fondly known as a ‘difference-maker’ amongst his peers.
Currently, he serves as a Programme Director for the anti-trafficking wing of My Choices Foundation and works to prevent child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children through community engagement. Prior to this, he led Operation Blessing and CBN Foundation in India and helped prominent brands achieve their marketing objectives through effective media campaigns.
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